Latest Bashar Assad News

Minister: Syria ready to repatriate refugees from Lebanon

Aug. 15, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Cabinet minister said Monday that Syrian refugees in neighboring Lebanon can start returning home, where he said they will get all the help they need from authorities. Tiny Lebanon is home to 1 million Syrian refugees who fled war in their country...

Syria says Israeli strikes kill 3 soldiers, wounds others

Aug. 14, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israel launched a missile attack on western and central Syria Sunday night, killing three soldiers and wounding three others, the Syrian military said in a statement. The Syrian army said Israel’s military targeted several positions in the coastal province...

Protests in northern Syria slam Turkish minister's remarks

Aug. 12, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian opposition supporters rallied Friday in northwestern Syria, including outside a Turkish army post, to denounce remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister urging for a reconciliation with Syrian President Bashar Assad. On Thursday, Turkish Foreign...

US: Syrian government is holding American journalist Tice

Aug. 10, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is certain that the Syrian government is holding American journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in the war-torn country a decade ago. He urged Damascus to help bring Tice back home. Biden’s comments came in a statement...

Today in History: Aug. 6, U.S. drops atom bomb on Hiroshima

Aug. 06, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2022. There are 147 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named...

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks on trade, Ukraine, Syria

Aug. 05, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a grain deal brokered by Turkey and the U.N., prospects for talks on ending hostilities in Ukraine, the situation in Syria and growing economic ties between...

Iran holds mass funeral for Guard officers killed in Syria

Aug. 04, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Mourners poured out onto the streets of Tehran on Thursday to pay their respects to several Iranian officers killed in Syria, a testament to the human cost of Iran’s involvement in the civil war and a public display of nationalist fervor as nuclear talks resume in Vienna. ...

Ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain leaves Lebanon

Aug. 04, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian ship that Ukraine says is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain has left a Lebanese port after officials in Lebanon allowed it to sail following an investigation, Lebanon’s transport minister tweeted on Thursday. The Syrian-flagged Laodicea had been anchored at...

Ukraine urges Lebanon to block ship with grain from leaving

Aug. 03, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to Lebanon on Wednesday insisted a Syrian ship docked at a Lebanese port is carrying stolen Ukrainian grain and urged Lebanon to block the vessel from leaving. The claim comes just days before the tiny cash-strapped country receives Ukraine’s...

Lebanon clears ship Ukraine says is carrying stolen grain

Aug. 02, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prosecutor general decided a Syrian ship allegedly carrying Ukrainian grain stolen by Russia may leave a port in the country’s north, officials said Tuesday. The move came after an investigation showed the vessel wasn't carrying stolen goods. However,...